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Innovation Lab Prototype: From Lab to Living Room

Exploring careers in research and development, and technology design

Innovation Lab Prototype: From the Lab to the Living Room is a semester-long afterschool pilot program that combines career exploration of digital media and entertainment with the practice of professional skills.

Through weekly two-hour workshops and field trips to NYU Polytechnic, twenty high school students from DreamYard’s afterschool program explored careers in digital media and entertainment fields and learned about preparations for these career paths.

At NYU Polytechnic, students met with developers and designers, visited research labs and learned about the technology tools currently under development, such as Sifteo cubes, as well as new uses of existing technology, such as skeleton recognition using the Kinect.

During workshops facilitated by Museum of the Moving Image and DreamYard staff, youth participants discussed real life applications of the new tools they encountered and brainstormed additional ways the technology could be used. Working together, each group investigated the ideation process, choosing one new use for their chosen technology and constructing paper  prototypes to show what their re-designed technology could do. For the final project, they scripted and created videos demonstrating their paper-based prototypes.

This project was funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust in 2012.

Lead Organization:
Museum of the Moving Image

Partner Organizations:
DreamYard , NYU Polytechnic

Project Goal:
Give youth exposure and access to cutting-edge, innovative technology tools being developed by leading researchers.

Project Tags:
STEM, Youth Development & Leadership

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